We at Main Justice are excited to be hosting a new blog sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP’s US-based Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services group (FIDS).
The Forensic Brief (click here) will look at the burgeoning field of corporate investigations through the lens of forensic accounting. What does that mean? Our new
E&Y bloggers, led by Partner Richard Sibery, the FIDS Fraud and Investigations leader for the Americas, plan to illuminate issues and trends that lawyers might not necessarily be considering – but the accountants are.
I’ve gotten to know Richard and his team over the last few months as we’ve prepared for the debut of their new blog. They are an incredibly knowledgeable bunch, animated by their important work and eager to help others understand what it is, exactly, that they do.
They are accountants, yes – but the “forensic” part is what makes it really interesting. They are corporate detectives, helping major multinational companies root out fraud and corruption in their sprawling international ranks. The tools they use are varied, including new technologies and software that, for example, use key words to find email or other data inside big corporate systems that can be red flags pointing to problems.
While they aren’t able to speak about individual clients, they do hope to help corporate counsel, lawyers and others understand what tools are at their disposal and how they can protect their organizations before issues develop.
Other times they are called in after the U.S. Justice Department or Securities and Exchange Commission knocks on clients’ doors. They deal frequently with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which Main Justice through our subscription publication, Just Anti-Corruption, covers in detail.
The idea for this sponsored blog came about from our association with Ernst & Young’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services group, which advertises in our two-year-old weekly newsletter on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. We are proud that the innovative professionals from FIDS put their trust in Main Justice to share with our audience their highly valued perspectives on these hot topic issues.
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